Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2023 - September 2023 or January 2024 - February 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

These grants are for teaching or teaching/research in area of interest. For teaching/research applications, the teaching component of the proposal should be at least 50%. Whether courses are taught designated by the host or of the applicant's choosing is decided in consultation between the applicant and host. 

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Applicants can arrange an affiliation with any university in the Netherlands where teaching can be done in English. 

Award Length and Period

The length of the grant period is four months

Grants should begin at either the start of the Fall Semester 2023, or the start of the Spring Semester 2024. The Fall semester usually starts at in the last week of August, Spring semester starts either at the beginning of January or February, depending on the host university. In consultation with the host, there is an option for the grantee to stay after the conclusion of the grant period without further grant payments. 

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Please submit a letter of invitation with your application, which indicates which course(s) you will be teaching and any additional teaching duties. For a lecturing/research proposal, please also include information about your research.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English. For a research component, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the research project should be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Recent Ph.D.'s as well as more established scholars are welcome to apply.

Additional Comments

Applicants should ask their host institution for help on finding housing. Applicants may supplement their grants with stipends from institutions in the Netherlands or the United States or with other non-Fulbright sources. Visit the Fulbright Commission website for more information or contact Ms. Linda Pietersen, Fulbright Program Manager, by email l.pietersen@fulbright.nl.

Award Allowances

A stipend of approximately $ 3,380 per month, for 4 months (exchange rate December 2021). The stipend is paid out in local currency, € 3,000 per month for 4 months. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International travel provided for the grantee of approximately $1,130 (exchange rate December 2021). The international travel allowance is paid out in local currency, € 1,000, after arrival in the Netherlands. 

Estimated Cost of Living

An estimation of the cost of living in the Netherlands in approximately 40 places can be found via this www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/, or https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living for instance. The amounts for rents given on this site are on the low side. Especially in university cities, renting apartments for a period shorter than 12 months can be rather expensive. Fulbright the Netherlands suggests to ask the host university for assistance on this. Public transport is very reliable, but also fairly expensive compared to some other European countries. For getting to work when living in the same city, grocery shopping etc. most Dutch people use their bikes.

Special Award Benefits

The costs of the residence permit for the scholar (approximately $220/€192, rate December 2021) will be reimbursed.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Netherlands has approximately 55 institutions of higher learning; 13 of these institutions are universities where research is combined with teaching, the research universities. Degrees offered are bachelor's (after three years of study), master's (after one or two years) and Ph.D. Students working towards their Ph.D. are usually employed by their universities and combine teaching with dissertation research. Three universities, Delft, Twente and Eindhoven, qualify as 'technical' universities with their main focus on STEM fields. In addition, one university, Wageningen, specializes in the agricultural sciences. Furthermore, the universities of Nijmegen, Tilburg and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam are denominational. The other six universities are broad 'classical' type of universities.

The level of research and study at Dutch universities is quite high and Dutch scientists publish widely and frequently. Most of the larger universities have created smaller undergraduate 'university colleges' with U.S. liberal arts colleges as their model, next to their regular undergraduate education. They attract a great number of students who are admitted selectively, while most Dutch students have the automatic right to be admitted to a university if they have the appropriate high school diploma.

The largest number of students in higher education in the Netherlands can be found in the so-called "hogescholen" (HBO) or universities of applied sciences. There are 36 hogescholen spread out over the country. A bachelor degree at a university of applied science takes 4 years. There are a limited number of HBO Master programs, they are more professional/practice oriented. Art academies and conservatories fall within this category of professional education. Most U.S. Fulbright Scholars are affiliated with a research university, however, affiliations with universities of applied science are also possible. 

The Dutch academic year starts at the end of August or beginning of September and runs until the end of May or beginning of June. This may vary per institution. Tuition fees are low for Dutch citizens and citizens of EU countries, but are higher for non-EU students. As most universities do not have a campus or offer campus housing, most students live in the cities or commute. Teaching in English is common at Dutch universities; conservatories and art schools, in particular, have a high percentage of international students.

The Netherlands is a densely populated country, with good public transport and other amenities. In general, U.S. Scholars coming with children tend to enroll their children in either an international school or a bi-lingual school, which most major cities have. The Dutch tend to have a good work/life balance, where weekends and evenings are considered private time. 

All applications from U.S. scholars must contain a teaching component. Fulbright Commission the Netherlands believes that teaching guarantees the best multiplier effect.

Some links with more information that may be useful: 
A description of the Dutch educational system can be found on the website of the Dutch Ministry of Education. 
More general information on a variety of topics can be found on this website
The Fulbright Commission the Netherlands website can be found here.

Previous Fulbright Recipients
Dr. Angela Bos teaching at the University of Amsterdam. 


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